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Virginia lawmakers pass bill that would allow people to seal some criminal records

Virginia lawmakers pass bill that would allow people to seal some criminal records

RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation that will allow people convicted of certain crimes to have their criminal records sealed, a move supporters say will help remove obstacles to obtaining jobs, housing, education and other opportunities for thousands of Virginians. The legislation will set up a system for automatically sealing nine misdemeanor charges after seven years if the person is not convicted of any other crimes during that time. Charges eligible for automatic sealing include underage possession of alcohol, simple larceny, disorderly conduct,...

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Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/virginia-death-penalty-repeal-governor-c98c16a996037a4d1e1d497787b7e6f1Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/virginia-death-penalty-repeal-governor-c98c16a996037a4d1e1d497787b7e6f1Click to copyRelated topicsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its long history than any other.The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it...

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Advocates promote social equity in Virginia marijuana bills

Advocates promote social equity in Virginia marijuana bills

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-recreational-marijuana-marijuana-virginia-richmond-78d4d2d63b42744ed0792f0831231ebdClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-recreational-marijuana-marijuana-virginia-richmond-78d4d2d63b42744ed0792f0831231ebdClick to copyRelated topicsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mike Thomas earned a college degree in accounting, but has never worked in his field. Three convictions for marijuana possession put an end to that. Thomas said he’s tried repeatedly, but prospective job offers go nowhere when background checks reveal his...

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